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2 foreign divers rescued after more than 60 hours at sea in Malaysia

Bangkok, Apr 9 (EFE).- Malaysian searchers Saturday rescued two foreign tourists days after they went missing on a diving trip off the coast of Mersing in the southern state of Johor and spent more than 60 hours at sea.

The search for the third missing foreigner, Nathen Renze Chesters, 14, the son of the rescued Briton, continued.

An official statement said British Adrian Peter Chesters, 46, and French Alexia Alexandra Molina, 18, were found by a fishing boat near the border with Indonesia.

The two were sent to a hospital but appeared in good health after drifting for more than 60 hours.

The Malaysian authorities launched an extensive search operation for the missing French and two British tourists.

The searchers on Thursday rescued a Norwegian diving instructor, Kristine Grodem, 35.

Two helicopters and more than a dozen boats combed the waters off the coast of Johor, in the south of the Malacca peninsula, where the group disappeared Wednesday noon while diving off the southern coast of Mersing Island.

State-run Bernama news agency reported that 90 members and officers from various agencies, including 30 divers, were mobilized for the search and rescue operation.

Grodem said they were swept away by currents before being rescued about 22 nautical miles (more than 40 km) from the diving site. EFE


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